Rs133 million fine imposed on three banks by SBP

KARACHI: The State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) has imposed a cumulative monetary fine of amounted to Rs 133 million on three banks in September 2019 for non-compliance of regulatory requirements.

The three banks were found violating customer due diligence and know your customers (CDD/KYC) protocols.

Among three banks, Meezan Bank Limited faced the highest penalty of Rs 63.805 million, while Askari Bank Limited and MCB Islamic Bank Limited were fined Rs 56.610 million and Rs 12.906 million respectively. 

Last month, the central bank penalised various banks to pay Rs 805 million for violating KYC/CDD regime. The central bank’s penalties aim to clamp down terror financing and money laundering.

The central bank’s penalties come at a time when the government is struggling to avoid the international Financial Action Task Force’s black list. The international watchdog’s scheduled meeting, due later this month, would review Pakistan’s compliance with the anti-money laundering and counter terror-financing laws.

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